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Estates Division


We are a multi-disciplinary organisation responsible for the development, management and maintenance of the University estate, along with the provision of a variety of related services.

Our operational estate (buildings used for teaching, research and administrative activities) is currently valued at more than £4 billion (Insurance Replacement Cost) and its broad and complex nature presents many demanding challenges, for example some buildings are 800 years old, Grade I Listed and protected by English Heritage, whilst others are new with highly sustainable building fabrics and buildings management systems.

Key areas we are responsible for include:

  • Planning and managing the University's estate development programme.
  • Project managing new-build construction and the refurbishment/alteration of existing stock.
  • Managing and maintaining the estate including residential accommodation and investment properties.
  • Delivering a comprehensive facilities management service to the University.
  • Managing catering outlets across the estate.
  • Managing the operational and research facilities at the University Farm.
  • Promoting the University's environmental sustainability initiative, particularly with regard to reducing carbon emissions.

The following articles recount the history and development of the Division: